PM Gonsalves treated for abscess at Barbados hospital

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was treated at a Barbados hospital on the weekend, the government in Kingstown said Monday (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is feeling better after being treated for an abscess at a hospital in Barbados, where he was warded on the weekend, Foreign Affairs Minister Sen. Douglas Slater said in a statement Monday morning.

Gonsalves was feeling unwell when he left St. Vincent Wednesday for official trips to Kuwait and Qatar and sought medical attention in Barbados during a layover, after his condition deteriorated.

“The doctors suggested that he should discontinue his trip and take some rest during which they will do more detailed investigations,” Slater said in the statement.

Initial test were carried out in Gonsalves’ hotel room but he was later admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the weekend “to make it more convenient to carry out the necessary investigations and also out of an abundance of caution to ensure that the best medical care was available with the least effort,” Slater said.

The tests disclosed that there seemed to be “a focus of infection somewhere which was manifested as a persistent fever among other symptoms.

“It was subsequently discovered that there was a skin infection resulting in the formation of an abscess. The abscess has been drained and other necessary treatment initiated,” Slater, a medical doctor, said in the statement.

He said that Gonsalves has since been feeling much better and is “on the road to a speedy recovery.

“He is overly anxious to be out of the hospital and to continue his duties, but we are all insisting that he uses the opportunity to get some well needed rest,” Slater said.

“We wish to thank all of the many persons who have called and otherwise expressed their concerns, prayers and best wishes for his speedy recovery. The Prime Minister has asked to convey his gratitude and appreciation to all Vincentians and others for their demonstration and expressions of support and good-will.

“He especially asked to express thanks to all for the prayers offered on his behalf. We will follow his progress closely and report accordingly as deemed necessary,” the statement added.

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27 thoughts on “PM Gonsalves treated for abscess at Barbados hospital

  1. I am so disappointed. I thought that it would necessitate his resignation from office.

    Posted by L Sutton | April 23, 2012, 11:02
    • Sutton that is not the way to speak about anyone during a time of illness. I believe some opposition members wish the Prime Minister good health. I am not a supporter of the primeminister or the opposition but I still wish him the best of health and strenth.

      Posted by Real | April 23, 2012, 13:03
    • Wow! Ignorance is really a curse, some people need to shut up when they don’t have anything to say….

      Posted by Maria | April 23, 2012, 13:13
    • Why does that always have to be the first imaginative out come of everything thing? … Is it that people are so desperate to see his downfall / resignation that they would use every little occurrence a reason for the Prime Minister resignation? How about using actual and feasible grounds for such outcomes? It doesn’t look good on the Opposition parties behalf….

      Posted by Confused | April 23, 2012, 14:21
      • If someone opposes it does not mean you are from the Opposition Party, Confused.

        Posted by justice | April 23, 2012, 21:31
      • He might now be a follower or supporter of the NDP but he can’t possibly be a supporter of the ULP… So my statement still does stand correct.. By Labelling her a part of the opposition.

        Posted by Confused | April 24, 2012, 23:04
      • Him*

        Posted by Confused | April 25, 2012, 06:24
    • L Sutton, this does not mean NDP will have been be swept into Office because NDP will NEVER win the NCW constituency in a by_ election. Sorry about your disappointment

      Posted by progressive woman | April 23, 2012, 17:33

      Posted by PHILL | April 24, 2012, 00:02
  2. Sutton you will live the rest of your pathetic life disappointed because OUR BELOVED COMRADE AIN’T LEAVING OFFICE,We the people will always be voting for him,so you very few minor morons that love to hate will have to continue til you die lmao.GOD BLESS OUR COMRADE!!

    Posted by Jason | April 23, 2012, 13:44
  3. When your really fat, sweat in folds of skin start to rot the flesh. Its really important to wash and maintain high personal hygiene, which we all know has been lacking with Gonsalves, just the smell gives the game away.


    Posted by Peter | April 23, 2012, 16:26
  4. Who wipes his bottom? he can’t reach it himself.

    VINCYPOWA, KNIGHT, is this how you get your instructions, whilst acting as toilet paper for Gonsalves.

    Posted by Peter | April 23, 2012, 18:45
  5. Why is L Sutton so bitter? I am getting to understand that that person might just be one of the concubines of the PN.

    Posted by justice | April 23, 2012, 21:37
  6. SVG is one giant abscess,one nasty boil that will burst after being infected by the ulp and their ignorance/incompetence for over 10 years

    Posted by Joe | April 23, 2012, 22:55
  7. See Peter I told you it wasn’t an STD

    Posted by Jahu | April 23, 2012, 23:14
  8. JAHU, it never crossed my mind that he may be a dispenser of reargunner, I will consider that and make further comment later.

    Has he considered the machine that Chavez claims the US used on him to give him cancer?

    Remember Chavez recently went to church and cried whilst asking God to extend his life, done him no good.

    Remember the machine I told you about that the US have been testing on Gonsalves, “the liar machine”. Well he did OK before the machine and he has done OK since, because he is a proffessional liar. Its no good him blaiming the machine.

    Posted by Peter | April 24, 2012, 08:16
    • Peter, I read your article and I am still trying to comprehend, what you are tryng to say??. I suggest you take a time out and come again. You did’nt make any sense, Sorry.

      Posted by Real | April 24, 2012, 12:57
  9. All this hate about the PM’s illness is not necessary. However the pm pulled another trick on we vincy, he knew that he was no well before he left the cottage at largoheight but he could not bring himself to be hospitalised at MCMH, he left home knowing that he will check in at the QEH. Afterall, our facilitied are substandart not fit for a king, he will not relagate himself to base lead. Come pm share in the spoils that you have so aptly work so hard to provide for your subjects.

    Posted by junko | April 24, 2012, 12:40
  10. You all know how I post things about the money we get from crap states for the new airport. How I say that Gonsalves has got blood on his hands, voting for these states who murder their own people and kill Christians. well here is some evidence of SVG supporting Syria.

    Here is a list of countries that Gonsalves chooses as friends to scrounge from.

    Feb 16 2012: United Nations resolution condemning human rights violations in Syria
    The resolution passed overwhelmingly, 137 for, 12 against, with 17 abstentions.

    Here’s the NO vote [against the motion in favour of Syria] list:
    Bolivia [ALBA member] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Belarus [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Cuba [ALBA member] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    China [ALBA block supported]
    Ecuador [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Iran [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Nicaragua [ALBA] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    North Korea [ALBA block supported] [Member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)]
    Russia [ALBA block supported]
    Syria [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Venezuela [ALBA member] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Zimbabwe [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]

    It was striking to note that aside from Syria and Iran, no other Middle East country voted no. Two, however, did abstain: Lebanon and Algeria.

    The other 15 countries that abstained [such action favours Syria]:
    Angola [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Armenia [ALBA block supported] [observer status the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)]
    Fiji [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Cameroon [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Comoros [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Namibia [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Nepal [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Sri Lanka [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    St. Vincent [ALBAmember ] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Suriname [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Tanzania [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Uganda [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]
    Vietnam [ALBA block supported] [Member of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ (NAM)]

    We have been voting for or abstaining from voting at he UN for most of the above countries. We always vote on their behalf and in their favor. We never vote against them, murder their own people, as long as they pay us thats great.

    Is this not a United Nations conspiracy.

    Posted by Peter | April 24, 2012, 18:55
  11. you mean Camillo has blood on his hands,he’s the one not voting on the resolution on Syria. Not choosing to help the syrians is like being the Bad Samaritan,SVG has bad samaritan policies on many things,helping the iranian people,helping the libyans etc etc,for the Pm to condemn a dictator that could give us money,that dictator must be close to dying with no hope f return

    Posted by Jahu | April 25, 2012, 03:55
  12. REAL, sorry you do not pick up what I refer to. You are obviously new and unaware what has gone before on the site. I wrote what I wrote in such a way for a reason that seasoned readers understand and recognize the meaning of.

    Chavez claimed on his TV show and elsewhere that the Americans had invented a number of machines.
    1 A machine that caused earthquakes and were responsible for the Haiti earthquake
    2/ A machine that causes hurricanes that devistate Cuba
    4/ A machine that has caused cancer in a number of South American rulers, and claimed they had used it on himself.

    At that time I put forward that perhaps the reason that Gonsalves told so many lies was because the Americans had invented a machine that made people tell lies and they were experimenting with it on him.
    But of course Gonsalves has been a liar for years, and still is a liar. Most people find it difficult to tell his lies from truth, especially those who are right up his ar’s.

    Hope this explains the previous post.

    Posted by Peter | April 25, 2012, 09:44
  13. JAHU, an abstention from the vote is akin to a no, because its a yes lost. For those listed he never votes yes, always no or abstention, as long as it helps the country involved to try and avoid UN sanctions etc.

    Posted by Peter | April 25, 2012, 13:34
  14. I have rarely read such a lot of crap that the Gonsalves supporters have written here. It just shows the quality of his supporters and their mental state.

    Posted by PETER | May 7, 2012, 13:08

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